SWAGAA Executive Director Honoured in Zimbabwe for Transformational Change and Development

By Inside Biz

The Swaziland Action Against Gender-Based Abuse (SWAAGA) Executive Director, Nonhlahla Dlamini has been recognized as an influencer and pace-setter of transformational change and development in Zimbabwe.

Nonhlahla Dlamini is profiled in the 2023 Transformational Change and Development Handbook by the Centre for Organization Leadership and Development (COLD), Zimbabwe.

This was at the unique and prestigious Transformational Change and Development Forum held in Harare on March 31. The forum was presided by The Mayor of Harare, Cllr Jacob Mafume.

The Handbook profiled Zimbabweans, regional and international practitioners whose work and practice manifest real transformational impact.

Nonhlahla’s work with SWAAGA and her previous engagements as Eswatini Member of Parliament for Ludzeludze Constituency earned her recognition based on Organization Development principles and practices.

Nonhlahla was profiled as an advocate for social justice around human rights, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and gender equality.

The profiling recognized her role in advocating for the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act, the People Trafficking and People Smuggling (Prohibition) Act of 2009, as well as other initiatives to reform laws and policies relating to domestic violence and child protection.

The recognition citation noted Nonhlahla’s role as chair of the Gender Consortium, and her efforts in engaging stakeholders with the focus on ending Gender Based Violence, One Billion Rising Campaign.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Justine Chinoperekweyi, an International Organization Development Consultant from Zimbabwe, stated that “the Handbook is not only a medium for profiling individuals and organizations. It is a resource for informed decision-making, a reference manual when defining key competencies for strategic change, a resource for learning institutions to make education in change & transformation an instrument of help, and a guide for future generations to have profiles of legacy-building change & transformation practitioners.”

Dr. Chinoperekweyi added that Nonhlanhla is not only a role model for female leaders in Eswatini but a real transformational leader whose career and influence is worth documenting for emerging and future leaders.

She is one of the female leaders in Africa we reference in our personal and professional development programs in Zimbabwe. He added that Nonhlanhla’s leadership, practice, and advocacy aligns with the essence of organization development, that of elevating humanity.

Dr. Chinoperekweyi said Nonhlanhla is at the forefront of addressing grand issues of our time, particularly gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and gender equality.

Other recognized figures include Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Dr. Christine Phiri Mushibwe, Givas Goteka, Shingirirai Chizanga, Dr. Cornel Malan, Dr. Dotun Jegede, Stewart Mungofa, Paidamoyo Jakachira, Dr. Violet Makuku, and Lucy Marowa. On the international front influential leaders such as Mercedes E. Martin, Dr. David W. Jamieson, Dr. Matt Minahan, Dr. Preethi Keerthi D’souza, Dr. Rommel P. Sergio, Dr. Joanne C. Preston, and Dr. William Brendel were recognized.

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